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First-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne helped Manchester City beat lackluster Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
City started the game well and took the lead when Gundogan broke free of Thiago Silva at the edge of the area before firing a shot into the bottom corner.
Soon after, the visitors doubled their lead. Foden’s persistence paid off as the winger tapped on De Bruyne’s cut seconds after being downed. Before the break, City scored a third goal with De Bruyne conceding after Raheem Sterling broke free after a Chelsea free kick.
After this scintillating first half, the game died down with neither side wanting to increase the score after the break. Eventually, however, substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi did get some consolation, slipping on Kai Havertz’s cross seconds before the final whistle.
Here are his Stamford Bridge Blues and Citizens player ratings …
Edouard Mendy (GK) – 4/10 – He should have done better with City’s first two goals.
César Azpilicueta (RB) – 4/10 – Struck by the beat over and over again by Foden. It’s not what he would have wanted in his 400th appearance.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 5/10 – He should have made sure with his failed punt that led to City’s second.
Thiago Silva (CB) – 4/10 – He spun quite easily for the first goal. Marking was loose for the second.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – 6/10 – He did well. He advanced steadily and kept Sterling pretty quiet.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – 6/10 – His mistake led to the third goal. However, without his five tackles, things would have been even worse for his team. Replaced at the hour mark after hamstring strain.
Mason Assembly (CM) – 5/10 – Quite anonymous. He worked hard but didn’t impact the game creatively.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 5/10 – A frustrating afternoon. He struggled to gain a foothold in midfield and City played him on points in the second half.
Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 4/10 – I do not believe anything. Lots of touches, but very little attack intent.
Timo Werner (ST) – 4/10 – He ran down several dead ends, losing possession four times in the first half alone. He had one shot in the whole game.
Christian Pulisic (LW) – 6/10 – Chelsea’s brightest attacks. He was always trying something, as evidenced by his 14, yes 14, dribbling attempts. However, a final product was missing.
Billy Gilmour – July 10 – He looked pretty good after coming. His cool legs added some bite to midfield.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7/10 – Got a comfort in the end.
Kai Havertz – July 10 – Provided the assist for Chelsea’s only goal.
Zack Steffen (GK) – 6/10 – He marked his Premier League debut by receiving a pass back in the first five minutes. Very little to do thereafter.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 8/10 – Excellent. He acted in an almost deep midfield role at times and threatened to overlap.
John Stones (CB) – 8/10 – It seemed solid. He made a particularly important block in the first half. Also dominant in the air.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 8/10 – Another good display. He drove alongside her in locks and clearances.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 8/10 – He did well on defense and offered a lot going forward as well. City would be foolish to let him go in January.
Rodri (CM) – 7/10 – Some awkward moments in possession at first. Established thereafter.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 10/9 – One of his best games in recent times. He opened the scoring with a big bang and wove things together well in midfield.
Bernardo Silva (AM) – 10/7 – No direct scoring implications, but typically he was ordered in possession.
Raheem Sterling (RW) – 7/10 – He showed good composure to create the third goal.
Kevin De Bruyne (ST) – 10/9 – I missed a good opportunity at first, but he soon made up for it by assisting and scoring before the break.
Phil Foden (LW) – 8/10 – Azpilicueta rinsed repeatedly. It was a real throwback to the glory years of the Premier League wingers.
Fernandinho – 6/10 – The game was won when it was presented.
Riyad Mahrez – N / A
Sergio Aguero – N / A